ARE YOU LOOKING AFTER YOUR BONES?
One of the many reasons why we exercise is to look after our bones - to keep them dense and strong...
Like muscle, bone is living tissue that responds to exercise by becoming stronger.
When you exercise regularly, your bone adapts by building more bone and becoming denser.
Young women and men who exercise regularly generally achieve greater peak bone mass (maximum bone density and strength) than those who do not.
For most people, bone mass peaks during the third decade of life.
Bone-strengthening activities produce an impact or tension force on the bones that promotes bone growth and strength therefore weight-bearing and resistance exercises are the best for your bones.
Weight-bearing exercises force you to work against gravity. They include walking, hiking, jogging, climbing stairs, playing tennis, and dancing.
Resistance exercises – such as lifting weights – can also strengthen bones.
The impact of menopause: a woman can lose up to 20% of her bone density during the five – seven years following menopause. If you lose bone quickly, you have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis. To help to combat this incorporate a combination of high impact exercise and muscle strengthening exercise into your weekly routine.
What is normal bone density for women?
A T score of -1 to +1 is considered normal bone density. A T score of -1 to -2.5 indicates osteopenia (low bone density). A T score of -2.5 or lower is bone density low enough to be categorized as osteoporosis.
When Well Measured come to visit us with the 3D body scan, they will check your bone density.
Had you thought much about your bones ?
Just another reason why it is so important to exercise